The drive of the culinary entourage at Girl & The Goat gets its inspiration from the persistent animal that is now their not-so-concealed mascot. Specializing in locally-sourced and organic produce, this restaurant follows the farm-to-table philosophy to the tee. Vegetables, seafood and meat are cooked up in fun, imaginative ways, minus the compromise on variety. Going by the name, the goat dishes are sure to tantalize your taste buds. While the menu changes with the season, the vibe remains unchanged. The exposed beams, wooden accents and warm hues set the backdrop for an enjoyable dining experience with friends and family.
Martinis, celebrities, and huge steaks make Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. It is a traditional steakhouse so everything is a la carte and prices add up quickly. Meal portions are larger than life and include the standard steak and seafood selections i.e. shrimp, lobster and filet mignon. Side dishes are simple but satisfying. Sautéed spinach and other seasonal vegetables are well prepared. Extra large baked or double baked potatoes are standard. Now for dessert—fresh strawberry shortcake is enough to satiate even the most discerning diner!
Set in a 1940s gas station, Big Star pays homage to the honky tonk era of Bakersfield with hillbilly music played nightly and the bar brimming with single barrel bourbon, tequila, cocktail and beer. This late-night destination is also known for its Mexican street food influenced menu. Dig into their dishes like Taco de Panza, Taco Al Pastor, Taco de Pollo Pibil and The Walking Taco. Take a sip of drinks like Lone Star, Old Charter 101, Elijah Craig, Bakersfield Buck, Grievous Angel and Herradura Anejo. Cash only.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in the South Loop neighborhood is a great place to enjoy deep dish pizzas with family and friends. Their savory sauce, gooey cheese and delicious fillings are just perfect to make you fall in love with their creations. Though the pizzeria is popular for its Deep Dish creations, the place also serves gluten free, cheese and sausage thin crust pizzas. In addition, they are also known for their delectable appetizers, soups and lasagna. Desserts include, brownies, tiramisu and chocolate pizza.
Mago Grill & Cantina - Bolingbrook is not your run of the mill Mexican restaurant. It serves contemporary Mexican laced with some Latin influences and the food is just yum. Not to forget the decadent chocolate molten cake, Tres Leches cake, Mexican churros, fried ice cream and more. The bar has a good range of tequilas, cocktails and other drinks to quench your thirst. Thursday night is Mariachi night at Mago's. With excellent service, friendly staff and delightful food, Mago is just the place for you.
Metropolis Coffee Company may be a newer entrant in Chicago's coffee roasting scene, but it's already dominating the area with its perfectionist approach to preparation. Operated by father-son team Jeff and Tony Dreyfuss, the cafe features everything form daily blends like the Redline espresso (named for the nearby subway line), or single origin selections from Brazil, Peru, Columbia, and Ecuador. If you'd like to try your hand at your own roasting, the shop also sells green, unroasted coffee. While you can always find Metropolis's brews in their cafe location, their beans are also stocked at Whole Foods and numerous restaurants throughout the Chicago area.